Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and nonpartisan U.S. government ethics and accountability watchdog organization. CREW works to expose ethics violations and corruption by government officials and institutions.
Its activities include investigating, reporting and litigating government misconduct, requesting and forcing government information disclosure through FOIA requests, and filing Congressional ethics complaints against individuals, institutions and agencies.
Its projects have included the publication of “CREW’s Most Corrupt Members of Congress“, an annual report in which CREW lists the people it determines to be the Federal government of the United States’s most corrupt politicians. From 2005 and 2014 the annual reports named 25 Democrats and 63 Republicans.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington was co-founded in 2003 by Norman L. Eisen and Melanie Sloan in part as a counterweight to conservative watchdog groups such as Judicial Watch. Sloan initially ran the fledgling organization by herself; by 2007, CREW had 13 staff members.